I grew up by the ocean. Feeling the sand under my nails and scrabbling as the water tried to swallow my sandcastles was second nature to me. In the late summer months, after-school activities meant going to the beach. I am glad I have never had to live inland, but I am convinced that my first year at university was so difficult because I was thirty minutes from the nearest beach with no transport to get there. These days I spend every weekend by the sea with The Boy, and recently I spent almost four months living on the sea. So, love is not the right word for how I feel about the sea. It is more like, LIFE. Here are just a few of my favourite “sea” pictures.
Where I spent most of my Summers as a kid (and still do)
My travels showed me that the sea is never the same. It was too warm to my liking in India (pictured) but still incredible.
Somewhere in Cape Town
Watching The Boy kite surf taught me a new appreciation for the sea
Linking up with Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge
P.S: click here for some photo’s of Cape Town seas during the Super Moon – it is not called the Cape of Storms for nothing!
In February this year, Lisa Bu gave one of the best TedTalks I’ve ever seen. (Spoiler: It’s bookish – watch it!) She talks about comparative reading, in other words reading two books together for better insight. Here is my list of contemporary books that I think should be read with required school reading. But first, check out Lisa’s talk.
I decided to do this fun little bookish post that Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner started. It’s kind of like those old “pick a song to answer the question” posts, but you choose a book instead. These are all questions about the blogger (i.e. ME) when they were 16 years old (what, I’m not 16 anymore?!). So, you get a look at what I was like. And I get a free trip down memory lane. Mh. This was difficult. Anywho, enjoy.
I did ballet as a little girl – briefly. I really wanted the tutus and the twirls, but the few lessons that I took had me so confused. What did the teacher mean, “pick the stars”? I continued to read ballet books (so many series and I can’t remember what they were called) and try to do the splits, and later years I watched all the awesome ballet movies, but I never went to the ballet for real, as it never really crossed my mind.
So today, I went to the ballet for the first time. Cape Town City Ballet was performing Sleeping Beauty. I almost did not go due to having no clue what to wear, needing to study and having an ill-timed cold. But I went. Some thoughts: Continue reading
I decided to do this bookish meme, because I find today’s TTT topic a little difficult and I don’t really have the time to mull over it and find a good adaptation (see why here). Cate and Christine both did this survey, with some differences between them.
I had such a fright when I saw this week’s TTT. I was like, “I’m supposed to know that?!” I’ve never really been the type to take a particular cognisance of a book’s beginning or end. Is that bad? I know that I like or don’t like a beginning or end, but… that’s about it. So it was quite a challenge to go back and find these.
1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman, What if Shakespeare had it wrong?
A provocative question makes for a memorable start in a modern YA novel. Continue reading
Today for Top Ten Tuesday we discuss words or topics that will keep you from picking up a book (the opposite of this topic). I may be too sensitive, but I don’t like labeling a book (or a kind of book) as “bad” anymore. I’ll just say that something REALLY isn’t for me. I do not really buy many books, so this is really more a matter of whether I’ll take the time of day to read it. Most of these are not topics that I actually AVOID, I’m just cautious. I don’t think that – apart from #9 – there are any topics I actually avoid.
I get a lot of questions about the expense of doing Semester at Sea, and how a financially challenged student may go about experiencing this unique study-abroad opportunity.
It’s important to know that it is NOT easy. Semester at Sea is pretty expensive in American terms, and even more so when you live in a country with a much weaker economy. I would not have been able to go were it not for bursaries and my parents’ assistance in getting a loan. This means students on a budget will need to be willing to make sacrifices. Again, in the USA it may be a bit easier because many scholarships can be directly transferred from your school to SAS. Again, international students are often not so lucky. Here are some tips for cutting costs wherever you are:
I must say that I love reading so much more than movies and series – which this week’s TTT is all about. However, since The Boy really doesn’t read all that much, I do watch a fair share of movies. It is also my way of ensuring he doesn’t COMPLETELY miss out on the magic (we watched The Hunger Games and Warm Bodies together, for example). Sometimes I watch the movie first, and I’ve stopped feeling guilty about that too.
I am hitting such a slow patch with reading! I guess it is all part of working on this degree and achieving my 25 Before 25. There are way too many books on my TBR list, but a few of them I fear I may never read, because they are so intimidating. This week’s TTT is about those intimidating books.